A Touch of Class (1973)

A Touch of Class (1973)

Released: 1973
Genre: Comedy, Genre, Romance
Director: Melvin Frank
Starring: Paul Sorvino, Glenda Jackson, George Segal, ,
Run time: 106 min
IMDb: 6.5/10
Country: UK
Views: 53205

Synopsis

Storyline:
American Steve Blackburn, in the insurance business, is married with two kids. Vickie Allessio, a self described design “stealer” for a knockoff fashion house, is a recent divorcée with two kids. Steve and Vickie are running into each other more and more in their day to day lives in London before even knowing who the other is, which suits them both fine, as when they do finally officially meet, Steve is up front that he wants to have an affair with her, Steve who has had affairs in the past whenever his wife Gloria, who is from old money, isn’t around which is currently the case as she is in the States visiting her parents. Vickie, in turn, is up front that she is amenable to a no-strings affair with him under specific circumstances, namely that it be at least a classy short term affair, meaning no cheap motels, and preferably a weekend away somewhere warm. Able to arrange a business trip to Málaga, Spain, for a week, Steve convinces Vickie to change their agreed weekend to a week and…
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User Reviews: A love story with a built-in dead end: they’re crazy about each other, but he’s already married. Attempt to recapture the sophisticated romantic-comedies of yesteryear is put to the test under a heavy-handed direction which doesn’t know what it’s going for, laughs or pathos (the former occasionally bumping clumsily into the latter). There’s nothing wrong with a good mix of laughs and tears, but this scenario is cluttered up with too many dolts (like Paul Sorvino’s "best friend" character, who is tiresome the minute we meet him) and too many montages which set no certain mood. Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson is warmly sarcastic throughout–and she’s delightful working with George Segal–but their characters lost my interest after an hour or so. There’s too much bickering over nothing, too much intensity melting away into love-starved giggles. The picture is a situation comedy but there are only occasional laughs, all early on. ** from ****

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